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Sault Tribe Juvenile Correctional Facility Renovations Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $300,000)

The Renovation of Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Discretionary Grant Program assists tribes in developing strategies to cost effectively construct or renovate existing facilities associated with the incarceration and rehabilitation of juvenile and adult offenders subject to tribal jurisdiction. Careful planning is critical to ensure that new and renovated correctional facilities are appropriately designed for the intended population, supportive of cultural and traditional values, safe and secure when completed, and are in compliance with Bureau of Indian Affairs' standards regarding correctional operations, programs, and design.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians criminal justice system, like other tribal law enforcement and juvenile justice systems, is overburdened and under funded. The tribe will utilize their Fiscal Year 2008 grant funds to renovate their juvenile detention facility. This will be completed by expanding its multi-purpose gymnasium, adding a classroom, and upgrading the current security and surveillance system. The surveillance system includes new software, new hardware, additional cameras, and upgraded control consoles. The project will serve approximately 300 children per year, age 11-17 years, who are incarcerated in its juvenile detention center. The facility houses young offenders living on or near the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe Reservation sites throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan and other tribal youth throughout Michigan. By expanding its facility the recipient will be provide space for education and programming, and physical activities for young members incarcerated at the detention center. By updating and expanding current security and surveillance system they will better insure the safety of the youth and staff at the facility.


Date Created: September 16, 2008